Computer reboots almost everytime I play a game

abh1205

Commendable
Apr 28, 2016
6
0
1,510
0
Hey guys, I am new here and am in a huge problem.

I recently did an upgrade on my computer and have these specs:
Intel Core i5 6400 (2.7 GHz No OC)
Gigabyte B150M-DS3H
Corsair VS 550 (550W)
nVidia GTX 960 2GB (No OC)
8GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance
WD Purple HDD (1TB)
Windows 10 OS

The Graphics Card and the PSU were bought a year ago, and they worked perfectly fine. This year (rather this week) I replaced my old motherboard and processor with the ones written above, and now almost every game (AC Syndicate, to Fallout 4, to even Life is Strange) is causing a reboot within minutes after startup. No BSOD just hard reboot. UniEngine's Heaven crashed within 14 seconds. I have scoured everywhere including this site, and they are saying it is a PSU issue. But 550W is more than enough power for both the Processor and the Gfx Card.
I checked the temperature of the card using MSI Afterburner and it hovers at around 43 C during idle, shoots up fast during game startup, so that when it does crash, temp reading is around 80-82 C

Please help me.
 

thejackal85

Reputable
Jan 18, 2016
1,181
0
5,960
264
Your PSU may be 550W, but if its damaged or not functioning correctly, it doesn't matter how many watts it has. Since there is no blue screen, no forewarning error message, etc., this honestly sounds like the PSU. If it was the RAM or the CPU you would most likely get a blue screen followed by an entry or two in the event viewer. I would change the PSU out and see what happens?
 

abh1205

Commendable
Apr 28, 2016
6
0
1,510
0


First off, Thank You for the reply.

How do I check if it IS the PSU or not? Are there some software tests that I may6 be able to run? Also, as I said before, the temperature is shooting up from 45 C to 80 C withinh 5 minutes. Is this normal for a Gfx Card? If not then what do you think is the problem there?
 

abh1205

Commendable
Apr 28, 2016
6
0
1,510
0


First off, Thank You for the swift reply to my question
It reboots almost immediately, although the time taken between the Boot screen to Wallpaper is more than 1 minute (has been like that for quite some time)..... Also, since I am a total noob, can you give me some links on how to update motherboard BIOS?

 

indsup

Reputable
Apr 26, 2015
428
0
4,960
93
With your temps spiking like that i would have to say it is the power supply. You can measure the voltages with a multimeter so you will confirm the voltage drift. The temps for the gfx card, is it while you are stress testing it or running a game? If you are then it is normal. If you are not then it could be a few different things.
 

abh1205

Commendable
Apr 28, 2016
6
0
1,510
0


Running, Stress Testing, Benchmarking, almost anything that uses the Graphics Card....
Noticed this when I tried to play AC Syndicate, then Fallout 4. Now am simply stress testing using Uniengine.
 

indsup

Reputable
Apr 26, 2015
428
0
4,960
93
Sounds like your power supply is a little weak. They will weaken over time due to component wear. You are probably pulling close to the max of that power supply. Once you start pulling wattage for the video card the power supply is probably not able to keep the voltages in range. That can make the gpu and the cpu heat up quicker than normal. Try it with a different power supply and see what you get. I think you will be surprised on what you get. That isn't one of the recommended versions of power supply. Get a super flower or a seasonic. Do a bit of reading and see what a higher quality power supply that is recommended. Your not pulling a lot of power but it may be too much for that one causing the problems.
 

abh1205

Commendable
Apr 28, 2016
6
0
1,510
0


Now here is the thing. The PSU I bought worked perfectly for the past year. I had no problems whatsoever using this PSU and Gfx Card Combo on a 1st Gen Core i3, while playing Games. The problems started immediately after I bought a new MoBo + CPU Pair. That is a key reason I am doubting that this is a PSU problem. Can it be the BIOS? If say it has some sort of Feature / Overclocking enabled?

Also checked the Power during Stress Test,CPU is taking a max of 25W while GPU has a hit of 87W ( Total = 112 W, way less than 550W).
 

indsup

Reputable
Apr 26, 2015
428
0
4,960
93
Your cpu is rated at 68.25 w power draw. Your gpu will pull up to 145 and spike more than that. Both will spike to higher wattages. By the way the motherboard uses power, the drive uses power, the memory uses power. You do not have a good quality power supply. Meaning that it would be more prone to fail than a good quality one. Not to mention that it is a used lower quality part and the most likely failing part. Do you really think nothing ever fails? Here are the main issues that will tell you that the power supply is going bad one way or the other.
Bad 3D performance
Crashing games
Spontaneous reset or imminent shutdown of the PC
Freezing during gameplay
PSU overload can cause it to break down
 

abh1205

Commendable
Apr 28, 2016
6
0
1,510
0
Not only was the PSU faulty, 550W was not enough probably. Got a 600 W Supply ( e-Spectrum or something) and guess what, games can be played for 3/4+ hours at times. Thank you all, for helping me out here. Really appreciate it
 

Similar threads


TRENDING THREADS